I am officially two weeks away from America… it is a little weird thinking about going back. I hope to bring back some good habits I’ve made while here. I will only have a week to prepare for school, so it’s right back to work!
My fourth week has been exciting – I have been continuing work on the Emscher mouth area in Dinslaken, which is currently under construction. Things are starting to become more finalized, and I have been compiling ideas from the studio I participated in during the past semester.
I have become closer with my coworkers during this time, and am glad I get to work with great people. I visited a coworker’s garden cottage to see his bees and apple orchard, and really enjoyed experiencing the proximity of nature to the largest city within the ruhrgebiet.
In terms of everyday life, I have been keeping extra busy with work for both the internship and school, so I am constantly on the move. This week, I visited Wuppertal again and saw the Schwebebahn, which had been under construction for the past few months. I’m glad I got to try it before I went home. It is the oldest and largest suspended railway – it operates over the Wupper, and has beautiful views. It also goes through the Bayer campus – an interesting and large industrial space still in the Ruhr.
In addition I visited the Folkwang museum in Essen… one of the nicest and most interesting museums I have been to. I really enjoyed the variety of art there, the gorgeous building, and being able to sit and sketch art.
As for this coming week – I booked a flight to Finland! I am so excited to go to Helsinki and experience nature, design, and relaxation. I will be traveling over a long weekend, as every worker gets two vacation days per month.
I will post about my experiences on the Baltic Sea next week. Pictures below!